Meet the President

Jerry Louis Maygarden, M.A., is a business leader with a long and distinguished career in public service. His professional life includes leadership roles in medical administration and state and local government.
Interim President Jerry Maygarden

Jerry is a former city councilman and mayor of Pensacola who also served as a state legislator and majority leader in the Florida House of Representatives. For many years, he was the president and chief executive officer for the Baptist Health Care Foundation, and he served as a senior administrator and chief development officer for the Baptist medical system.

Jerry holds undergraduate (B.A.) and graduate (M.A.) degrees in Communication Arts from the University of West Florida. He also completed professional development programs in public policy and church administration conducted by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of West Florida in 2013.

Jerry is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. He is the founding president of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida, a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International, a 33˚ Scottish Rite Mason, and a life-long parishioner and servant-leader in the United Methodist Church.

Jerry and his wife, the former Rhonda Fosha, have two grown children: Louis “Trip” Maygarden (Adrienne) and Morgan Maygarden Gleason (Tim). They also enjoy the company of two granddaughters – Emma Grace and Addie Mae Gleason. The Maygardens reside in the Historic District of downtown Pensacola.

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